If you suspect that you suffer from a vein disorder, one of the best things you can do is learn more about venous disorders and see if any of them reflect your current symptoms. The five most common vein disorders include chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, superficial venous thrombosis, spider veins, and varicose veins.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is characterized by difficulty pumping blood to the heart from the rest of the body. This condition most commonly affects the legs, and can lead to medical complications if left untreated.

Common signs of CVI include:

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot within a deep vein. Like CVI, this disease is most common in the legs. Because the blood clots characteristic of DVT form in veins deep within the body, it can be difficult to diagnose without an ultrasound-based test.

Common signs of DVT include:

  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration

The development of DVT can be prevented by avoiding sitting or standing for extended periods of time and going on periodic walks.

Superficial Venous Thrombosis (Phlebitis)

Superficial venous thrombosis (SVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein close to the surface of the skin. Because this blood clot forms so close to the surface of the skin, it can be quickly diagnosed and treated, posing little significance to the rest of the body.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are small, red, purple, or blue veins that twist and turn. These veins are usually close to the surface of the skin and occur most commonly in the legs. While these veins often pose little medical harm, they can be seen as aesthetically unappealing to the people that have them.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large, raised veins that typically twist and turn. These veins are usually close to the surface of the skin and are blue, red, or flesh-colored. Varicose veins can cause pain, swelling, and discomfort in the individuals that have them. Fortunately, these veins can usually be removed fairly easily through a simple sclerotherapy treatment.

If you suspect that you or someone you love has a venous disorder, the best course of action is to seek the help of a licensed professional. At Advanced Vein Center, we’ve helped countless patients all over Maine treat their venous disorders. Contact us today for more information about our practice, or to schedule a consultation appointment.